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Prince George –‘In baptism God calls us out of darkness into his marvellous...

Today’s baptism of Prince George in the intimate setting of the Chapel Royal at St. James’s Palace marks another important step in the life of the future king.  Even though only close family and...

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Has Justin Welby become the nation’s conscience personified?

The Archbishop of Canterbury isn’t exactly struggling to get the press to notice him at the moment. Of course it always helps to have a royal christening to preside over to gain a decent amount of...

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Time for the Church to recover a vision of society transformed

Despite my best efforts, I usually find it hard to get excited about the workings of the Church of England’s General Synod. Mostly there is a feeling of frustration with the focus on internal...

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Can local religion revive local communities?

Today’s guest writer is Dr Chris Baker. He is Director of Research at the William Temple Foundation, an independent faith-based research institution working to advance the vision of William Temple...

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The Church of England still needs to wake up and smell the coffee over church...

The history of technology companies is littered with casualties and failures. During my childhood, my friends and I played on Atari consoles and began programming on Spectrums, Commodore and BBC home...

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I’m a Christian and this is why I vote Conservative

My article last week’s article discussing Christian voting patterns has generated a fair amount of debate in various places over the last few days. In particular, my thoughts echoing Danny Webster’s...

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Building churches fit for the future – 7 lessons that need to be learnt

Most of the time God and Politics focuses on the relationship between the Christian faith, politics and society, but alongside these the future of the Church in this country is a major concern too....

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Gay marriage, culture wars and a church that needs to return to its roots

As a resident south of the border, I’ve been observing the progress of the same-sex Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill from a distance and not taking in quite the same volume of information...

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I’m a Quaker and this is why I find it very hard to vote at all

This is the sixth and last is the ‘This is why I vote’ series where writers are asked to discuss the reasons for their own political opinions and how they tie with their own faith. As it has...

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Where will we be in 2024? – Setting out a vision for the future of the Church

It’s now just over a week since the latest annual statistics for the Church of England were released. They were an example of how even the church finds it difficult not to spin out figures to paint the...

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Justin Welby’s debut radio phone-in was a breath of fresh air

Justin Welby conducted his very first radio phone-in on LBC this morning and from the outcome one wonders why this has taken so long to come about. Spending an hour answering questions he covered...

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Guest post: Christian Aid give their take on the fallout over Oxfam’s...

Yesterday I blogged about Oxfam’s ‘Perfect Storm’ poster on poverty in the UK that has led to them being accused of party political bias. In response Laura Taylor, Head of Advocacy at Christian Aid has...

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Justin Welby and Pope Francis’ mission to transform the Church is just beginning

So here we go again. There is a very real possibility that this will be a momentous few days for the Church of England as the next attempt to make women bishops a reality comes to ahead on Monday at...

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“I just knew that Jesus was there and I had met him”– interviewing Justin Welby

Frequent contributor to this site, Canon J John has been producing a regular series of interviews entitled ‘Facing the Canon’, speaking to well known and influential Christians about their lives and...

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AC Grayling’s call to abolish RE in schools is dangerously ignorant

A couple of weeks ago I was in a conversation with a BBC producer discussing faith schools and their admissions policies. We talked about the possibility of my appearance on BBC1’s Sunday Morning Live...

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